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The Winter Film Festival showcases the fall semester work from all three Cinematic Arts Academy classes.  The “Class Films” are the effort of the entire class working together to write, shoot, and edit a film as a large team.  The “Independent Student Films” are films that were assigned to the students as homework projects to be independently written, shot, and edited by each student.  Below is our festival archive. Enjoy!



Winter Film Festival 2018

Audience Choice Award Winner: Dreamers by Alejandro Lombard

Independent Student Films:

  1.  Mime Doesn’t Pay by Ella McKeon
  2. Honey by Tara Keshavarz
  3. The Robot by Oliver Rivera
  4. Time by Nathan Michael
  5. The Meaning of Life by Samantha Thornton
  6. American Pai by Ryan Coronado
  7. Viral by Nathan Blair
  8. Saturation by Sephira Street
  9. Climbing Up the Ranks by Sebastian Ledesma
  10. Dreamers by Alejandro Lombard
  11. Bad Driver by Amelia Hill
  12. Time Snap by Charlie Kohn
  13. Coward by Kellan Watts
  14. Universal Remote by Nicholas Toggenburger
  15. Barbie Girl by Remy Boul
  16. A+ by Alexandra Evans
  17. The Great Snow War by Connor Hartwick
  18. Hollywood’s Mother of Dragons by Dylan Shaw
  19. Back Beat by Ella Mazer

Winter Film Festival 2017

Audience Choice Award Winner:  Seconds, Minutes, Years by Zoë Busenberg

Class Film: Millikan Votes 2016 by the 6th Grade Cinematic Arts Academy

Independent Student Films:

  1. Denial by Alina Foley
  2. The Hungry Games by Landon Roesch
  3. Helicopter by Calvin Birkman
  4. Hide and No Seek by Maggie Ellenburg
  5. Hope by Ella Mazer
  6. A Baker’s Dozen by Isabella Masrouga
  7. That Puppet by Domenic Smith
  8. The Good, the Bad, and the Stuck Up Rich Kid by Max Damon
  9. Sabotage by Julian Juutilainen
  10. Runaway Stroller by Jackson Hicks
  11. Mouse Mess by Miles McCrudden
  12. Twisted Treats by Celia Daniels
  13. The Invention by Sebastian Ledesma
  14. Brave Boy by Alejandro Lombard
  15. Planet 98745 by Noah Zielinski
  16. The Police Force by Oliver Jones
  17. Flight by Theo Taplitz
  18. Dee Baker: My Life as a Voice Actor by Baxter Chelsom
  19. Seconds, Minutes, Years by Zoë Busenberg



Winter Film Festival 2016

Audience Choice Award Winner:  Lost Boy by Ella Fields

Class Films:

I. Gossip by the 6th Grade Cinematic Arts Academy

II. Star Wars: The Classroom Menace by the Cinematic Arts Academy VFX Lab

III. The Memory of Love by the Advanced Cinematic Arts Academy

Independent Student Films:

  1. A Knight’s Quest by Dexter Gardner
  2. Star Eyes by Sage Fogel
  3. The Boy in the Box by Sebastian Cipriano
  4. Adorkable by Samantha Steele
  5. Beautiful Nightmare by Ruby Altieri
  6. The Chips by Calvin Birkman
  7. Cardini by Will Tibballs
  8. Ami & Amour by Bo Samson
  9. Balloon by Theo Taplitz
  10. Paper Planes & Shooting Stars by Georgia Davis-Bonk
  11. Delivery by Zoe Calamar
  12. Ink on Wood by Jack Scheinbaum
  13. Can I Sign Your Cast? by Teddy Nissen
  14. Letting Go by Arden Rucinski
  15. Blast Off by Noah Zielinski
  16. Mime School by Jane Dever
  17. Equal by Cleo Palmieri
  18. Lost Boy by Ella Fields
  19. Home Again by Jonah Mazer

Winter Film Festival 2015

Class Films:


6th Grade CAA movie Postersm               Haven't You Noticedsm

Thank You For Your Purchase                             Haven’t You Noticed?                  

      6th Grade CAAM                                                   7th Grade CAAM      


The Redemption of Allen Lineman

              8th Grade CAAM                                


Independent Student Films:

6th Grade
The Clay Man – by Oliver Jones, 6th grade
Lost Dog– by Sunny Keller, 6th grade
Heads Up* – by Bix Fumo, 6th grade
Unliving the Life* – by Ruby Altieri, 6th grade
F is for Freedom – by Theo Taplitz, 6th grade


7th Grade

Toys* – by Teddy Nissen, 7th grade
The Last Man – by Aidan Champana, 7th grade
Nihav Prohivana* – by Alexandra Torres, 7th grade
The Note – by Dexter Gardner, 7th grade


8th Grade

Checkmate – by Tom Gaberman, 8th grade
Different – by Michael Ghadban, 8th grade
The Man – by Xander Lawson, 8th grade
Unseen* – by Riley Siegler, 8th grade
Magisto – by Tyler Colvin, 8th grade


*These films contain scenes that young viewers may find disturbing.  Parental Discretion Advised.



Winter Film Festival 2014

A Sock's Life                  Confronting #8

A Sock’s Life  – 7th Grade CAAM                   Confronting #8 – 6th Grade CAAM

The Cubix – Luka Bollier                                 65 Years of Love – Tyler Colvin

Survivors – Tom Gaberman                            Sabotage – Dexter Gardner

Days Gone By – Michael Ghadban                 The Other Side – Jeremy Basse

Ground Dad Day – Casey Hawkes                  In the Hall of the Mountain King – Teddy Nissen

Princess by Dawn – Riley Siegler                    Dream Come True – Alexandra Torres